Women's Hoops Outlasts Pepperdine, 75-64
Stockton, Calif. - Erin Butler posted her first career double-double and five Tigers scored in double-figures as the Pacific women's basketball team wore down Pepperdine for a 75-64 WCC win Saturday.
Butler finished with 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to go with four assists. Kendall Kenyon added a game-high 21 points with eight rebounds, hitting 9-of-12 from the field, while Madison Parrish tallied 14 points with five assists. KiKi Moore chipped in 11 points, seven boards and six assists, and Hailie Eackles added 10 points with three made three-pointers.
Pacific struggled in the first half offensively against the Pepperdine zone, but changed things up at halftime and put up 50 second-half points. The Tigers shot 53 percent in the second half (17-of-32), and 43 percent for the game (28-of-65).
The Tigers improve to 9-9 overall, 4-4 in West Coast play, while Pepperdine falls to 5-13, 1-6 in conference action.
Both teams took their time getting going offensively, with each team posting four stops to open the game. Kelsey Brockway opened the scoring with a jumper for the Waves before Moore answered with a three-pointer. Tied at five, Moore took it to the rim in transition for a 7-5 lead and added another jumper for a 9-7 advantage with 13:33 to go.
Pepperdine gained an 11-9 advantage before Claire Conricode sliced to the basket for a lay-up, and after Parrish came away with a steal, Butler knocked down a three-pointer for a 14-11 lead. The Tigers stretched the lead to five at 21-16 with 6:01 to go in the half, and after a Kenyon putback provided a 23-18 margin, the Waves held the Tigers to two points in the final 5:34 of the half.
Amanda Lovely's gave Pepperdine the lead and following a lay-up from Moore, Brockway beat the buzzer on a fast-break for a 28-25 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Waves led by five after Lovely's jumper, but Eackles answered with a three-pointer and Parrish gave the Tigers the lead with a triple at the 16:24 mark. Alisha Roberts knotted things up at 38-38 with 14:45 to go with a three-pointer for Pepperdine. After Butler and Grace Leah Baughn traded threes, Lovely provided a 43-41 lead and the Waves surged ahead 46-42 on a three from Ea Shoushtari.
Eackles connected on a three in response, and after a turnover, Kristina Johnson's free throw tied the score. Kenyon posted four-straight baskets for the Tigers for a 54-48 Pacific lead with 7:19 remaining, but Pepperdine pushed back and with five points from Baughn and another Shoushtari three-pointer for a 56-54 lead with 5:38 to play.
Just 15 seconds later, Butler canned a three-pointer for the lead, and Eackles added another. Moore took it to the rim, and after a Baughn three cut the Tigers margin to three, Butler posted a lay-up with 2:56 left to give Pacific breathing room.
Parrish provided the dagger, driving to the rim for an and-one, and the Tigers closed it out from the free throw line as Butler, Kenyon and Parrish hit seven free throws in the final 50 seconds to seal the win.
Pacific forced 10 second-half turnovers and committed just three themselves to outscore the Waves 17-3 off turnovers in the second half.
Shoushtari led Pepperdine with 16 points, while Baughn added 16 and Lovely chipped in 15.
Pacific is back in action next Saturday in a 4:30 tip-off against Saint Mary's at the Spanos Center as the Tigers close out the first half of double-round robin play in the WCC.